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1/3 cup bran buds.... why didn't someone tell me that's all it took?

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

That was it, 1/3 cup of bran buds... and suddenly I have met my folate goal for the day. That's only happened about 4 days in 65 days.... And I really like the stuff, little did I know! I mix it in with a SF yogurt and 1/2 cup pineapple and YUM... even for dessert! I checked the nutrition tracker to find that that small amount of bran buds contained 100.15% of my daily folate..... Now, if I could find the magic food to get in my magnesium, I would really be on track....

Well, that wasn't what I was going to complain about today.... (note to self - see you even typed "complain" not just "talk" about!) I was going to say - Ya know what really bugs me about SP? It was when they burst my exercise bubble... I was making myself get up at 6:45 each day and doing the WATP 2 mile video... thinking I was doing a really good thing.. Then, I get myself more educated through the very informative articles available here, only to find that it was a waste of time. It is not good to exercise in the a.m. before you eat.... now I can't seem to find the time to get that 2 miles in..... I wonder if it really isn't good for me. How can walking an extra 2 miles not be good for you? Maybe I misread it. But by the time I get home around 5 pm, I can only work in a 2 mile walk.... and the 3 mile is just a little too much for me.

Well, aside from that... I came home almost in tears today. It's a long story, but I am not confident that I know how to do the actual teacher "planning documents" that are required of me. I have asked over and over and over at different schools several times... I don't know if these teachers I ask, just don't like to teach (other teachers that is), or they think I'm making up that I don't know how to do this... I've had a strange career as a teacher and never had a mentor teacher, never actually worked in a "real" school. First school was a little multigrade school Gr. ECS -12 with only 30 kids, then on a fly-in reserve with 3 teachers teaching each grade, and now a K-9 school with 30 kids... (mine is 7 kids Gr. 1 & 2) anyway, I must be doing something right, but I'm pretty sure that I work way too hard prepping. Part of that is because I like to try to make things fun for the kids, but also because I guess not having an overall plan I don't go in the straight and narrow path.

Well, I came home to find dh (and it's not dear today!) to find that the dishes hadn't been done and there was no supper ready and as per usual, nothing was cleaned in the house. Anyone else out there have a 57 year old husband with no job, no responsibilities at home and no income, but seems to think he's retired! It gets pretty frustrating... Rather than pick a fight today, I went to my room.

As I stretched on my bed feeling sorry for myself, I made the wise choice to turn on the WATP video and instead of adding insult to injury, I actually got up and worked out some of my stress in a healthy manner! Certainly better for the blood pressure! So, the energy it took to walk away that stress helped me to calm down enough that I could then go out and get myself some healthy food... And the only chocolate I got is the diet hot chocolate I am drinking now. I had forgotten till just now how little sleep I have been getting again lately. I haven't had any further gallbladder pain since last week, but am a bit apprehensive about it, though I have a pain prescription on hand. I also have all the "supplies" ready to go on Friday nite with the "cure". I remember saying to myself when I lay there last nite that I should take a sleeping pill tonite..... couldn't hurt the stress level to get some extra sleep to help deal with it.

Well, how many pounds of burden did this lift just getting it off my chest? I can remember in the pre-SP days, that would have required a lot of food, mostly junk food to get over!!!! This healthy lifestyle sure has a lot to say for itself... now if I could just figure out a way to make that a.m. exercise count.... I do know that I felt better when I was exercising before I went to work.... what to do? what to do?

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FLICKRFAN 3/3/2010 8:41AM

    Most of the articles that I have read talk about the benefits of morning exercise. It certainly is not a waste of time. As to the planning documents, my guess is that the people you have asked don't know how to do them any better than you. Many write up "after the fact" plans. The goals become things already accomplished so they look good on paper.

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BRUANNE 3/3/2010 8:29AM

    Good moves, Lila. I'd consider getting a bit more exercise by kicking MY DH off the coach!! Sometimes it's just not worth the arguing and I get that.
And I also "get" that writing how you are feeling is so less damaging than eating. I've been doing the same lately and it's been a great success.
Keep up the good work.

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JOANNINE 3/3/2010 1:30AM

    You work out when it works for you... You may not get the most out of it but you will get some benefit.....I loved that you took a negative and made it postive by working out and not resorting to food for comfort. emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 3/3/2010 12:46AM

    You may not get the optimum benefit from exercising when you first get up (I don't believe that myself - burning calories is burning calories, no matter what time of day) but you still do benefit from the movement. Helps joints, bones, heart, lungs, and the wasteline as you burn away the calories.

So do your exercise when it is best for YOU, not when someone says you should.

Good luck emoticon (Boy do I love this emoticon!)

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TERRI289 3/2/2010 10:58PM

    Great post Lila!! You really worked some healthy choices.
As for the exercise, do it when you can-it will still helpin the long runt o develop good habits and strengthen your heart.

Eyes are shutting, talk to you soon!

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Monday Lesson

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I am so tired today, that I need to get to bed instead of sitting here, but hey I can get 3 more points doing this..... Am I addicted or what? Well, I did learn something today - how to put up on my posts that I have lost 15 lbs....YEAH!!

So, that's the short and sweet of it, good nite. emoticon

Oh yeah, did you read the Insider today, it was so good I even saved it to my favorites.... 14 recipes for quick treats!! Looks good.

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FLICKRFAN 3/2/2010 8:18AM

    Missed the Insider today but it is probably a good thing.

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199 - that's says it all!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

emoticon emoticonWow, I wanted to make a really big deal, but I didn't really expect it today, I was sure it would take at least another week.... But after three days of being sick and off my feed, water and exercise..... I was apprehensive! But, you should have seen the big smile on my face this a.m. when I saw the "1" in front of 199 - I've crossed the border into "One-derland"!!! Yahoo! I realize that this might be a little premature and I will have to be super careful next week and I will be..
I was even going to take my measurements but I thought I would save that for when I need some extra motivation or a boost....

So, let's all party and celebrate Spark Friends and supporters,, here's a healthy Smoothie compliments of me... and let's all take a nice long "walk and talk".

I'm a little leery of eating anything out of the ordinary as I don't know what could set off this gallbladder and cause another attack....

While I was in the city, I also treated myself to a few new clothes. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.... they were clearing out their last summer stuff I guess, cuz I got a pair of Sz. 12 pants..... they even go on me!!!! They do have that special extra - spandex, but psychologically a Sz. 12 when I was a Sz. 18 in Dec. is so incredible!! I also got a new blouse, a new Sz. M top and 2 cute tank tops. I will be able to wear them under some of the tops that are not quite as "modest" as is required for school teachers!!

Well, I thought I had a lot more to say, but I can't believe I am speechless already... just basking in the glow.... now must head off to school and make up for the two sick days I had to take last week.... Cheers all! Here's success wished to you all too.


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FLICKRFAN 2/28/2010 6:41PM

    Getting past that barriers is huge! I am so happy for you.

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AMBULATOR 2/28/2010 4:44PM

    Awesome! Keep up the good work!

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MONTY68 2/28/2010 1:15PM

A million congratulations to you. That is fantastic and you will continue on your path.

More later

Monty emoticon

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SWEETPEA92 2/28/2010 1:06PM

    WooooooHooooo, Congrats!!!! What a fabulous feeling, I am so very happy for you!!!!!!! emoticon

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AUDISARAH 2/28/2010 12:53PM

    Congratulations......that's gotta feel great!

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PURPLEBABYBEE 2/28/2010 12:50PM

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SHERYLDS 2/28/2010 12:48PM

    "One-derland"........I love it !!!
Congratulation. I would be celebrating too !

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Medical Update

Friday, February 26, 2010

Well, after 4 hours at the hospital last nite, they seem to think it's gallbladder. They tok blood work and there is not infection or anything yet.
Saw dr. at 10 to 8 this and he concurred and sent in a a req. for an ultrasound. No way of knowing how long that will take. Dr. spoke to me and told me the major decision to make is whether I want to go ahead with surgery. I told him I don't. I had this trouble over 20 years ago and did a gallbladder cure/cleanse. It is immediate.. and it lasted 20 years, so sounds like a good deal to me. ANd even though dr. admits to not knowing much about holistic stuff, he said I should do it sooner than later.

So I bought the olive oil and lemon juice and will likely do it next week-end since I won't be home till too late tomorrow and I know from first time that I need at least a full day to pass the stones. I I told dr. I didn't want surgery due to my success with diet and exercise and I don't want to lose my momentum because of the surgery. I hadn't even considered it was gallbladder and was really more worried that it was ovarian cancer which i had been reading up on.

So, pretty much the lesser of all possible evils. Even the dr. admitted that gallbladder pain is the worst there is... can't believe I had forgotten it!

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SWIMLOVER 2/28/2010 2:26AM

  I will be praying that the cleanse works. I never had gall bladder pain but I had kidney stones--NO FUN! I imagine the pain is about the same. I will be praying for you and that the pain goes away.

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LITTLEWIND53 2/28/2010 12:12AM

    I am so sorry you are in pain and wish a speedy recovery for you. My sister had her Gall Bladder out around 3 years ago. She was in such pain that even the emergency room doctors thought she was having a heart attack. I don't think she knew about your cleanse at that time, but I bet she woulfd have tried that first if she hadknown. She was in a lot of pain afterwords and for about a week she couldn't climb the stairs so slept in the living room. Of course, once the incision healed, she was pain free and so glad she had had it done........

Does your cleanse work on a maintenace basis or is it only for crisis? How do you do it? (I'm asking for me, not for my sister)

Take care of yourself. Best wishes. emoticon

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SLIMLILA 2/27/2010 7:28PM

    emoticonto everyone for your concern, support and encouragement. I feel like I just had a big group hug!!

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SCOOTER4263 2/27/2010 8:06AM

    I'm glad you got yourself checked out - in my experience, almost any diagnosis is better than the "what if's." By all means, try the cleanse first - gentle, non-invasive and, God willing, effective again. And if it doesn't work, you've always got the back-up possibility of surgery. Isn't it nice to know the decision is in your hands, rather than meekly following "doctor's orders"? (I think sometimes they confuse their MD to mean Medical Deity... but that's a rant for another day.)

And don't forget you've got a bunch of folks here who'll help you any way we can! emoticon

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FLICKRFAN 2/27/2010 7:53AM

    Thanks for the update. I am so glad that you went to the doctor. Hopefully the method you tried in the past will work for you again. Otherwise get back to the doctor. Surgery would not have to interfere with your healthy lifestyle choices.

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TERRI289 2/27/2010 12:00AM

    Oh Lila,

I am glad that you got to see the doctor and now have a plan to fix things. My friend Mary Beth and her daughter both had major gall bladder issues this past year. It was not pretty.

Hope it's better soon!! emoticon

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MOMMA48 2/26/2010 11:24PM

    emoticon you are having pains, my friend! I've had my gallbladder removed and what a blessing! No more pain -- you got it! But, if you have an alternative that works for you and the dr. agrees, you go for it, hun! Whatever it takes so there is no more pain - that's the important part. Take care and you're in my prayers, as I still remember the pain and I'd never wish it upon anyone and, especially you, my friend!
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MONTY68 2/26/2010 10:22PM

My heart and prayers are with you. You are correct that's the lesser of all possible evils. As far as holistic stuff as the doctor called it, I think that in a lot of problems it is valid to consider it. Especially since you had success with using it before. At least your doctor was more positive for you and really encouraged you to do it sooner than later. Not a bad doctor.
It sounds like you have a valid plan as to when and how it works.
Your positive attitude about life will help in your decision. We are here for you in what ever way you need. I a glad that you were able to share with us.

Monty emoticon

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

I woke up at 4:41 with terrible pains in my stomach and all bloated. I tried to get back to sleep and finally did about 7:am and of course, the alarm rang at 7:30 and I did try to go to work... WE're missing half our teachers right now, so I fel t I had to. But, by the time I was there an hour, I couldn't stay any longer and wrote up a quick plan and gave it to the K teacher and she took my kids over there. I felt weak and shaky and came home and tried to sleep,,, with limited success.

I couldn't drink any water, so I will lose my streak... and I was really worried about losing all my other streaks too, so I am quickly here doing up some easy points... Ate minimal, no exercise and I still feel terrible... don't know if I will go to school tomorrow. I just took a sleeping pill to see if that might help. Hope I can sleep

This is about 5 times now this month I have had an attack like this, so whether it is gallbladder or allergies or ovary problems, I don't know,a but I do know it's time to get it sorted out. If I had lived closer to a hospital today I probably would have gone, but it's almost 2 hrs drive, so I tried to get better here.... anyway, must try to sleep and hope I feel better tomorrow.

This SP thing has really gotten to me, I was even reading labels to try to decided what would be the best things to eat and forced myself to eat something despite How I feel... emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 2/26/2010 7:29AM

    I'm so glad you're seeing a doctor - same thing five times in a month seems like something may be going on. Please keep us posted - we're all holding your hand there in the hospital, in spirit anyway! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 2/25/2010 6:40PM

    Thank you everybody.... I am on my way to the city now.... the pain went on most of today and I missed another day of work, which I hate....anyway, was able to fanagle an early am appt tomorrow before he starts the day.... hope it's not a waste of time and he will listen to symptoms and how the pains are getting more frequent..... so he can send me for an ultrasound or something to help figure it out.... will let you know...

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TEAM-ERIC 2/25/2010 3:33PM

    I really hope if you don't make it to the hospital, you can get to a dr. This doesn't sound like something you are just going to get over. If you don't take care of it, all the work you have done to this point may just get lost. This is all about taking better care of ourselves. Don't settle for feeling better....please get better soon!


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PICKIE98 2/25/2010 11:54AM

    Doctors have offices for a reason,, please don't wait any longer,, get checked, we are concerned!!

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FLICKRFAN 2/25/2010 9:14AM

    I have had three friends who needed gall bladder surgery. Check out some of the websites about symptoms. It is time to get yourself to the doctor.

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TERRI289 2/25/2010 6:11AM

    HI Sweetie, I just sent you a sparkmessage. Hope you are feeling better and I willtouch base when I get home.

emoticon, Terri

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SUGARPUNK52 2/25/2010 2:32AM

  Sorry you're feeling so poorly.Have you been to see your doctor? If this is a recurring problem you should see your doctor.I'll pray for you.Hope you feel better soon.GOD bless.

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LITTLEWIND53 2/25/2010 1:58AM

    I hope you are feeling better soon. Maybe you should be taking note of all this, how often and what sort of symptoms and tell your doctor the next time you see him/her. he may be able to shed some light on what/why this is happening.

Hope you get some answers soon. It can be very disruptive when you don't feel very well. Take it easy. emoticon

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MONTY68 2/25/2010 1:44AM

I feel so bad for you, Maybe by time this gets to you you will be sleeping. My thoughts are with you and I hope we find you feeling better in the morning.

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